Teaching Here

Top 5 Reasons to Teach
in South Carolina

Are You From South Carolina?

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What You Need to Know

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Salaries range from $30,000 - $35,000.

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Required

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Francis Marion University (Optional two year program)

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Francis Marion University (Optional one year pathway after two year corps commitment)

Becoming Certified to Teach

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  • Overview
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • Which universities do you partner with?

Certification Requirements

In order to begin teaching in South Carolina, corps members must pass a subject specific PRAXIS II exam, successfully complete all Teach For America training requirements, and submit copies of all college transcripts along with a background check. 

Corps members have the option to pursue a professional teaching certificate, but taking ongoing certification courses is not required. Corps members who teach in a Teach For America – South Carolina partner school for a third year after their two year commitment, complete nine hours of graduate coursework, and complete other standard certification requirements (such as an application fee) are eligible for a professional teaching certificate. The graduate credits required for certification are offered through our university partner, Francis Marion University, at a very discounted rate.

The cost of certification for South Carolina corps members who choose to pursue a professional teaching certificate is much lower compared to other regions (~$1,500 compared to a national average of $7,270). Eligible corps members who enroll in AmeriCorps and receive an award may be able to cover the full cost of professional certification through the grant.

Master's Degree Option

Corps members can also earn a master’s degree from our university partner in two years. The cost of this master’s degree is significantly discounted, with a total cost of approximately $6,400. Eligible corps members who enroll in AmeriCorps and receive an award may be able to cover the full cost of a Master’s degree through the grant.

 

Earning a master's is possible in two years.

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Get to Know the Communities Where You'll Teach

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  • Pee Dee
  • Midlands
  • Low Country
The Pee Dee region of South Carolina is located in the northeastern part of the state and is named after the Pee Dee Native American tribe that inhabited the area.

The Pee Dee region of South Carolina is located in the northeastern part of the state and is named after the Pee Dee Native American tribe that inhabited the area. Situated near the Pee Dee River, this region is home to the city of Florence and the beginnings of Teach For America-South Carolina. 

The Midlands region encompasses a large footprint in and around the city of Orangeburg.

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Teach For America South Carolina’s Midlands region encompasses a large footprint in and around the city of Orangeburg. Orangeburg, also known as “The Garden City,” is home to two historically black universities – Claflin University and South Carolina State University.

The Low Country is South Carolina’s coastal region which includes the city of Charleston.

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The Low Country is South Carolina’s coastal region which includes the city of Charleston. Teach For America South Carolina opportunities here include both rural and urban placements.

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Math
  • Spanish
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education

Get to Know our Corps

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34%

People of color

40%

Come fom a low-income background

22%

First in family to attend college

23%

Professionals

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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
Estimated Start Up and Certification Costs